Skip to main content

About your Search

Search Results 0 to 11 of about 12 (some duplicates have been removed)
for some opportunity to walk away from this process. >> how about chuck hagel? i think we can confidently say that he will be confirmed as secretary of defense and that's not me saying it, that's republicans who are blocking him. here they are. >> we will have a vote when we get back, and i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. >> but you're not a yes vote for your old friend? >> no. i don't believe he is qualified, but i don't believe that we should hold up his nomination any further. >> so steve, does that mean that hagel is not the most leftist, iran-loving, israel-hating, possibly terrorist-linked candidate ever to be nominated as defense secretary? >> well -- >> can one interpret that in that way. >> it's interesting when he says not qualified. i'm curious what mccain means by not qualified because when you look at generally speaking when it comes to cabinet nominations, advise and consent, the idea is to ask tough questions but generally confirm unless there's a conclusion that the nominee is uniquely unqua
better for chuck hagel to be confirmed as defense secretary, perhaps as early as next week. although some lawmakers are softening their criticism. tough opposition continues on capitol hill. >> yeah. >> in a letter, 15 republican senators urged for hagel to withdraw his nomination including marco rubio and ted cruz. the letters read, in part, "while we respect senator hagel's honorable military service in the interest of national security, we respectfully request that you withdraw his nomination. it would be unprecedented for a secretary of defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position. ted cruz at it again, with respect, with respect, with respect. in the last 50 years, no other secretary of defense has been confirmed with more than three members voting against him and in the entire history of the position, no one has been confirmed with more than 11 no votes." >> that's sort of circular logic. you could make that argument. democrats could do that to any republican. if we just get 20 or 30 against
the myth that chuck hagel spoke to a nonexistent hamas group. >> exactly. and then they dig their heels in. basically what happened this guy dan friedman wrote -- he was trying to get out of his sources for stories, and he was joking around with the republican senate aide. he is like did he get money from this or that group. >> stephanie: he said has he given a speech to the friends of hamas. >> so this senate aid -- and friedman checked back in anything from friends from hamas? so all of a sudden this senate aid must have been gossiping around the office because right-martin news -- >> stephanie: there is the headline. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: white house spokesman ducks questions on friends of hamas. >> yes and then dan freedman comes out and explained why this probably happened and they refused to correct their story. >> stephanie: right, and he says -- friedman says here in the article, the names were so over the top, it was clear i was talking hypothetically or hyperbolically. no one could take seriously that he would speak to them. >> how
for making some unverified allegations against chuck hagel last month. angela, what about this? is cruz just trying to make a name for himself with the tea party, or is he really on a witch-hunt? >> senator cruz is a rebel without a legitimate cause. i don't know what is going on with him. but every time you turn around, there is some new hyperbole that he is spewing. and today to see him talking about, you know, the president is the most radical president ever, i'm sorry, but i want to know what the definition of radical is, because to me, radical is a president who would come up with a mass communications campaign to deceive the american public into believing there are weapons of mass destruction. i hardly see anything that president obama has done as radical. >> senator barbara boxer loosely compared ted cruz to joe mccarthy. john nichols, your thoughts. that a fair comparison? >> sure it is. when you suggest that there are communists on a faculty, and then when you're pressed about it you don't answer the questions, you play around with it, that's mccarthyite tactics. the one thing that
firs. >> i'm tempted to switch to pandas, but i will stick with my first choice. the anti-chuck hagel campaigners, they thought they would find are find a smoke gun and derail his chances as secretary of state of defense. the evidence fell apart and they kind of look ridiculous. >> best week. i'm going toy is sequestration. everybody hates it, but if you're the sequester you're sitting pretty and it looks like you are going to happen very soon. >> that could be interpreted many ways. >> best and worst. >> worst week, jesse jackson, jr., pleading guilty to felony fraud is a big deal and chris christie, he has a 74% approval rating in new jersey and is picking up endorsements from democrats. >> wow! okay. that is good for him. marjorie, what about you? >> best week, state of maryland abolished the death penalty and joined other states and it makes no sense. $2 million per execution and does nothing to deter criminal today. it's an exciting move. worst week, lindsay graham leading the chuck hagel and tee took a tea party pill. he's been calling it an unreasonable, radical choice and unfo
. >> stephanie: i loved your tweet, now republicans can get back to blocking everything else after chuck hagel is confirmed. house gop could learn something from chris christie, people like you when you work with obama. isn't that something? >> well, i -- it is something. i don't know why 74% of new yorkians like chris christie. the only thing i can chuck it up to is that he worked with the president. so i think house republicans -- i mean if you look at any poll the most unpopular -- it's always fun to watch boehner and the congressional republicans talk about how congress is broodly unpopular. >> stephanie: exactly. it is an interesting case in point, here is chris christie who was broodly criticized for working with the president and now he doesn't even get to go to cpac. >> yeah, that right-wing sleep over. >> stephanie: and of course michelle obama. >> i don't even think i got to type the number 2 before it started. >> stephanie: yeah, and they literally say this will never happen and laura bush -- >> and ronald reagan by the way. and then my friends are quick to poi
at the pentagon, chuck hagel, and then john brennan, his pick for the cia. obviously the benghazi matter is an obstacle for chuck hagel's confirmation and vote there in congress and then this john brennan matter is very important to the issue of these targeted drone strikes, rand paul, the senator from kentucky has said that he is willing to hold up that vote on john brennan. if he doesn't receive assurances from the white house that the united states will not target any drone strikes on americans on american soil. so some of this information i think the administration is hoping will at least for now satisfy some of those members with these concerns, wolf. >> it's going to be a tough battle, i take it. both of these confirmations likely to go through next week. but it's by no means a done deal, is it? >> reporter: it's not a -- especially when you have senators saying they may hold up nominees and so we're going to have to wait and see whether or not senator paul is satisfied with the information that he's getting from the white house. but this is perhaps, you know, a break in an impasse
Search Results 0 to 11 of about 12 (some duplicates have been removed)